Friday, 13 March 2009

New MVNO Zer01 plans unlimited calling and data - USA

A Connecticut based MVNO will offer unlimited voice and data plans for USD 69.95 when the service begins operations in April.

The MVNO will use AT&T’s network although all calls will be routed through its own backbone by having a custom VoIP client preloaded on the handset. This bespoke VoIP client allows Zer01 to bypass any data limits or caps imposed by AT&T. Zer01 will also use custom algorithms to ensure that customers will still be able to use the service when out of 3G and in an EDGE served area.

Zer01 will offer its plans without any long term contracts or commitments and will instead market its plans on a month-to-month basis, initially offering two flat-rate packages. The first will come in at USD 69.99 and will include unlimited domestic and international calling and also unlimited data. The second package will cost USD 79.99 and will offer everything the USD 69.99 package does with the ability to call a further 40 countries across the globe for free.

Zer01 plans to offer a range of Windows Mobile based devices by HTC and other manufacturers at launch and Zer01 will also allow other unlocked Windows Mobile handsets to be used. The MVNO will also seek to develop its custom VoIP client for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Java and potentially even for iPhones.